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The Bird Emergency

Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction. The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

Tracks

Bonus - The new Weekend Birder podcast with Kirsty Costa
There is a new birder/birdwatching podcast on the scene, it's produced in Melbourne as well, and I am really excited that it's another avenue for people to discover the joy of getting to know birds, and to become a certified Bird Nerd! I spoke with the host and producer of the show, Kirsty Costa, recently, and I am pleased to be able to introduce Kirsty to you in this bonus episode. will let Kirsty's words describe her show, and her; "Birdwatching is for everyone. Anyone of any age can go birdwatching, no matter where they live. Weekend Birder is a podcast that shares the knowledge and skills of the Aussie birdwatching community. Discover how to identify birds, fun facts, where to go birdwatching and how to use equipment. Episodes are short so that you can get out there and try out your new skills and knowledge." "Kirsty Costa is a teacher, science communicator and conservationist. During the week, Kirsty leads education for a science-based conservation organisation. On the weekends, you will find her hanging out in nature with her friends and family. After a lifetime of loving wild birds, Kirsty started calling herself a “birder” in 2020. As part of her commitment to education and science, she interviews other birders so that everyone can enjoy birdwatching together." I encourage you to visit The Weekend Birder podcast website, and find the best way for you to listen. Check out the website here Follow on Twitter here Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
71:26 10/01/2022
078 The Ghost Bird with Neil Hamilton
For almost 30 years, ornithologist, Neil Hamilton has been caring for, working with and studying birds, and many of Australia's unique animals. Beginning as teenager at Tooronga Zoo, Neil has gone on to senior keeper positions at Perth Zoo, and moved on to practical conservation work and research with the WA government. Neil has devoted much of his time in recent years studying the elusive Ghost Bird of the Australian Outback, the Night Parrot, listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, with perhaps as few as 200 mature individuals existing out there in the dry spinifex plains of the Western Australian desert. In this episode, Neil talks about his career working to understand and protect birds, and organising teams of Ghost Bird volunteers to seek out the Night Parrot on regular survey trips. Follow Neil on Twitter to keep up to date with what he and the team are up to. Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
68:27 09/28/2022
Red-rumped Parrot Citizen Science "Rumpuary" with Rob Ashworth
This bonus episode is the audio from the live stream recently conducted with Robert Ashworth, A Masters student at Melbourne University. Robert is running a Citizen Science project about known nesting sites and hollows used by the Australian grass-parrot, the Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus). Robert is looking for you to report any instance you know of Red-rumps using a hollow for nesting, no matter when you witnessed it! To get involved with Robert's  Red-rump project, Rumpuary, follow this easy link - thebirdemergency.com/redrumps Contact Robert on social media; Twitter - @robdashworth Instagram - @r_ashworth97 You can find the full live stream video of this episode at thebirdemergency.com/robashworth  Remember to Subscribe to the YouTube channel - it helps out a lot! Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
66:47 09/22/2022
Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare and Sandy Horne
Here is the Fotography Friday conversation that Grant and Nicolas Rakotopare had with Sandy Horne, recounting her introduction to photography, and bird photography in particular. The photographs discussed are on this webpage and also check out Sandy's Flickr albums.  Follow Sandy on Twitter @SandyHorne61 Don't forget to have a look at Nico's pics... You can find some really lovely shots from Nicolas on his website, not limited to his work with birds at lerako.net Follow Nicolas on Twitter - @le_rako And still more great images from Nicolas on Instagram @lerako Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
104:12 08/12/2022
Selecting plants to use in a bird-friendly garden
Another Bonus episode - the audio of a live stream where Grant Williams and Dr. Holly Parsons suggest some plants they like to use in a bird and wildlife-friendly garden, and give some design tips. Grant draws upon his knowledge as a horticulturist to suggest an approach to structure, and to suggest a few plants from each category that he suggests using stratification as a major design principle - thinking like a bird! Holly draws upon her experince with the Birds In Backyards program to add more useful species suggestions. If you are designing or improving a bird-friendly garden, listening to this episode will be time well spent. You can find the video of this episode at thebirdemergency.com/YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency Image credit - MainlandQuokka, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
82:05 08/07/2022
077 Aotearoa Southern Dotterel
What do you think is the rarest bird in New Zealand?  Perhaps, you immediately think of the Kakapo? But the title probably belongs to a seabird, or a little-known shorebird, the Southern Dotterel (or the Southern Red-breasted Plover) (Chadrius obscurus), which has been described as a distinct species and listed as such on the IUCN Red LIst. It is listed as Critically Endangered and the population trend is indicated as Decreasing. Last assessed in 2017, the IUCN estimates that the population is between 60 and 80 individuals, which is limited to one population, which occurs (fortunately) within the boundaries of the Rakiura National Park, on Rakiura (or Stewart Island), off the southern tip of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Alasdair Burns spoke with Grant, from Stewart Island (Rakiura) about the Southern Dotterel, and recounted his work previously with the species, and explained why the specialisation of the species, and it's limited range makes it extremely vulnearable, especially to feral predators, such as cats, rats, mice and possums. See the grim IUCN Red List assessment for yourself here. Check out Predator Free Rakiura on the web here; https://www.predatorfreerakiura.org.nz/contact-us/ And they are also on Facebook; https://m.facebook.com/100852492507299/ There is a lot of Southern Dotterel info from the New Zealand Department Of Conservation website; https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/nz-dotterel-tuturiwhatu/ Vote for Southern Dotterel for New Zealand Bird of the Year on Instagram (Voting begins in October - so set yourself a reminder!); https://instagram.com/southern_dotterel_boty See the full show notes at thebirdemergency.com/dotterel Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
63:16 07/30/2022
076 The Adrift Lab - Plastic Pollution and the Flesh-footed Shearwaters of Lord Howe Island
This episode is a little different than our usual "regular" episode, in that is the audio of the video live stream, and a number of images and videos are referenced in the recording. Because the subject matter is so shocking, and really should be a wake up call for many people (listen for the distressing stats of how many chicks are found to have ingested plastic in the colony of Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island).  Dr. Jennifer Lavers is on of the co-leads of The Adrift Lab, based at the University of Tasmania. Jenn has been studying the same colony of Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island for almost two decades. There is continuous data for this entire, except for one breeding season, when fieldwork was not conducted due to pandemic restrictions. Joining Dr. Lavers in this discussion are two PhD candidates, Lill Stewart and Alix de Jersey and Honours student, Nina Jones. Each of these students have a different focus in their respective projects, but I am sure each with turn out to be significant when it comes to how the wider community deals with the ubiquitous issue of plastic pollution. It is important that you watch the video we discuss in the episode. You can see it here thebirdemergency.com/adrift Here are the links for this episode The Adrift Lab Dr. Jenn Lavers Lill Stewart Alix de Jersey Nina Jones Dr. Alex Bond Dr. Alex Evans (not Adrift Lab!) Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
93:12 07/20/2022
Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare (Reboot)
Fotography Friday has been given a bit of an overhaul, and will be an irregular regular bonus in The Bird Emergency feed.  The reboot episode features  Nicolas Rakotopare, who is based in the northern Australian state of Queensland. His work focuses on documenting science and nature, bringing stories of science, conservation and nature to a general audience through all the channels available today. Nicolas has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and grew up in Madagascar. He has been based in Australia for over a decade and was the science communication and media specialist for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub (before it ceased to be!) and also works on other projects for NGOs, magazines, research institutions as well as eco-tourism content creation. Here is some of the gear that Nicolas usually carries in the field; Canon EOS 1DX2 CANON EF 24-70 F/4 CANON 16-35 F/4 CANON 300 F/2.8 extenders. Lot's more in-depth discussion about gear and the advantage that Nicolas has in gaining work, due to his science background. If you want to see the conversation between Grant and Nicolas, visit thebirdemergency.com/nicolas You can find some really lovely shots from Nicolas on his website, not limited to his work with birds at lerako.net Follow Nicolas on Twitter - @le_rako And still more great images from Nicolas on Instagram @lerako To catch the next Fotography Friday, featuring Nicolas and Sandy Horne (and all future Fotography Friday conversations) bookmark thebirdemergency.com/photo  
119:50 07/15/2022
075 Bird Conservation Policy and (much more) with Hugh Possingham
Professor Hugh Possingham is widely know in Australia, as the Chief Scientist in the State of Queensland, but also as a champion of birds, and for his work assisting to develop conservation stragegy and plans utilising his skills as a mathematician, combined with his training as an ecologist to devise conservation initiatives that integrate spatial planning and economic factors. He has co-authored more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 30 in the world’s top two scientific journals Science and Nature, and is a  Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in. In 2016, Hugh was elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. Alongside his official duties, Hugh is a confirmed (massive) Bird Nerd, and an originator of Bird-A-Minute.  It was my pleasure to spend some time talking birds and conservation policy with Hugh. Follow Hugh on Twitter (great handle!) @HugePossum Read his full bio here. Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
86:10 07/11/2022
Corvus urbanis - Are urban birds evolving into new species? with Darryl Jones
Continuing with our regular theme exploring the interactions between birds in urban settings, and the humans that have created and live in them, Grant spoke with ecologist and author, Emeritus Professor Darryl Jones, of the Centre for Planetary Health & Food Security and the School of Environment & Science at Griffith University about the idea some some species are adapting their behaviours to thrive in the built environment, perhaps on the road to becoming new species. You can read Darryl's Griffith University academic profile here You can follow Darryl on these social media platforms; Twitter: @MagpiejonesD Facebook: @thebirdsatmytable Instagram: @thebirdsatmytable Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
55:13 07/10/2022
Monday with Holly - Wild Birds: To Feed or Not To Feed?
Should we be feeding our local wild birds? Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds program at Birdlife Australia, Dr. Johanne Martens and Prof. David Phalen from the University of Sydney, discuss this issue with Grant, who has been feeding his local birds in the park. Where did they end up on this disputed topic?  If you are interested in this issue, be sure to batch Grant talking to Darryl Jones, who wrote "The Birds At My Table" which you can find at thebirdemergency.com/live Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
56:46 07/02/2022
074 Whimbrels in Iceland with Camilo Carneiro
Camilo Carniero is a biologist and ecologist and postdoc researcher at the South Iceland Research Centre, after completing a PhD in Biology and Ecology of Global Change; University of Aveiro. His masters thesis was the "Breeding parameters, diet and growth of the Red Heron (Ardea purpurea) in Salreu, Aveiro" and his PhD thesis was about whimbrels in Iceland, titled "Bridging from the arctic to the tropics: implications of long-distance migration to individual fitness." I spoke with Camilo about his long-term observations of the Whimbrels in Iceland, and what it was like to work in a location that many people wish they could visit. Keep up with his latest Twitter posts - https://twitter.com/Camilo_Carneiro Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
59:45 06/29/2022
073 Migratory Birds of the Middle East with Yoav Perlman
Yoav Perlman is based in a region of the world that is not often the first thought when bird nerds begin thinking about destinations to sate our birdwatching desires, but the Middle East is a great destination.  It is on an avian highway, and the movement between Africa and Europe and Asia is comparable to the annual migrations between the American land masses. Yoav is into birding, photography, ringing, sound recording, twitching, and dipping. In this episode her shares his experiences with Grant about the birds he see and studies in Israel and the Middle East in general. If you want to check out more of Yoav's interests, work and travels, have a look at his blog - yoavperlman.com And follow his socials - Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
80:42 06/24/2022
Monday with Holly - Urban Biodiversity with Jacinta Humphrey
The term "biodiversity" is thrown around and inserted into conversations all the time. But when one person says biodiversity, is the full meaning of the term conveyed to anybody listening? Dr. Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia (Birds In Backyards) is joined by Jacinta Humphrey, a PhD candidate at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. Her research focuses on the impacts of urban development on birds at the landscape scale. Holly and Jacinta kick around a lot of the issues that are picked up in any discussion about biodiversity in an urban setting with Grant. Did we reach any consensus? BTW Sign the petition - it's urgent, and it pertains to the Blue-billed Ducks that we referenced in the show. https://www.kes.org.au/home/campaigns/lakeknox   You can watch the unedited conversation for the show, and see the upcoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
76:11 06/21/2022
072 Captive Breeding at Zoos SA with Chad Crittle
What is it like to be involved in a breeding program and managing part of an insurance population of an endangered species that is under human care?  How important are the birds that you see in free-flight displays at zoos and sanctuaries around the world? How do the birds in those shows get selected, and is it a good purpose for those birds to be put to? If you have ever wondered about any of those issues, you will enjoy hearing Chad Crittle, Senior Keeper of Birds and Free Flight at Adelaide Zoo, who supervises a wonderful team of animal professionals, delivering care for 1000 individual birds from over 100 species, talk about these issues. Adelaide Zoo is part of Zoos SA, a private foundation, which also includes Monarto Zoo, and Zoos SA participates in the captive breeding and management programs for the Regent Honeyeater, Orange-bellied Parrot, Plains-wanderer and Malleefowl. As well as supported research with animals in human care for species such as Little Penguins, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Swift Parrots, Regent Honeyeaters, Regent Parrots, Palm Pockatoo and many others. His main passion is sharing the stories of wildlife with people who visit the Zoos SA sites, as well as directly contribute to vitally important conservation work both on site at the zoos and in the wider community. SInce 2009, Chad has presented over 3500 large scale animal shows, highlighting the work of good zoos in the conservation space and highlighting species to the thousands of visitors good zoos receive each year. Chad has also worked directly on several conservation programs including captive breeding of the critically endangered Western Swamp Tortoise, Swift Parrots, Orange-bellied Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters. You can watch the unedited conversation with Chad, many of the past conversations, and see the upcoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
97:34 06/06/2022
071 Successful conservation strategies for the Forty-spotted Pardalote with Sally Bryant
Dr. Sally Bryant is the Chair of the Forty-spotted Pardalote Recovery Team. The Recovery Plan for the 40-Spot is currently being updated, so the team are busy doing that. (Yes, I know we love this bird!). Over more than 30 years, Sally has worked in government and in the non-government and private sectors that are becoming increasingly important in order to adequately protect species, intact habitat and to repair potentially suitable habitat for ongoing mananagement of endangered species. Get much more details about her wonderful career (and download the current version of the Recovery Plan) at thebirdemergency.com/SallyBryant You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birde
84:26 05/31/2022
070 Drones are improving conservation efforts and woodland bird with Rohan Clarke
If you have a copy of the Australian Bird Guide, then you already are familiar with some of the work of Rohan Clarke.  If you have been a keen Bird Nerd for many, many years, and consume as much information as you can about Australian Birds, then you have probably read many articles where Rohan is an author, or cited as a reference. (I know I have!) Rohan is an ecologist and ornithologist, is a Master of Environment and Sustainability, a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Head of the 'Research Ecology' lab, in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. While Rohan is widely known for his interest in avian ecology, he has also done a lot of work with animals of all sorts, and is now shaping the careers of young ecologists, working on research projects of all sorts. Follow Rohan on Twitter for some fabulous bird and ecology content, particularly great pics, and some sightings updates - https://twitter.com/rohanclarke01 Here is the link to Rohan's lab (consider a career in STEM?) https://www.researchecology.com.au/ Here are a couple of recent papers that have come out of Rohan's lab at Monash University; This one is on the response to the Black Sat Bushfires and the Bristlebird rescue (open access) https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/csp2.606… This one on some of the recent translocation work (and led by PhD student Will Mitchell) https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdfdirect/10.1111/csp2.569 And this one is on Giant Centipedes and seabirds on Norfolk Island and the fact that the centipedes structure the food web (led by PhD student Luke Halpin) https://journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/715702 You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
87:30 05/23/2022
Monday with Dr Holly - The Fairywren Project with Dr Joe Welklin
Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds Program at Birdlife Australia, and Grant Williams recently spoke with Dr. Joe Welklin, one of the principal researchers who originated The Fairywren Project, which has been looking into the ecology, distribution and relationships between the genus Malurus, better know as Fairywrens, in Australia. To see much more detail, the habitat photographs provided by Joe and all the updates regarding the follow-up live stream coming up on Monday May 30th, just head over to thebirdemergency.com/fairywrens You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
74:27 05/18/2022
069 Prothonotary Warbler with Jarod Hitchings
This episode began as a celebration of one of the most curiously named, most loved and interesting migratory species of North and Central America, the Prothonotary Warbler.  It became a very free-flowing and wide-ranging discussion about a bird that Jarod is obviously very passionate about, his connection to the migratory birds that he sees and appreciates each season, and the efforts he takes to encourage the PROWs that visit his area to breed in artificial nest boxes, made from juice or milk cartons. The Prothonotary Warbler breeds in the northern parts of the USA and Canada in wooded country, but heads south to avoid the northern winter to spend the cooler months in mangroves in central America. It's a bit of fun, as Grant and Jarod appreciate a mutual love of birds, albeit in very different places. Visit the page for this episode on thebirdemergency.com/PROW for a lot of great photos provided by Jarod. Follow Jarod Hitchings on Twitter - @ilwarblers Check out the Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group  for Jarod's area  Bob Dolgan is also a big fan of the Prothonotary Warbler, and has produced some very striking T-shirts that celebrate the PROW. You can check out one of Bob's articles here, and also check out the t-shirt. Interested in a fabulous Prothonotary Warbler T-shirt, that will also send some money towards the American Bird Conservancy? Then follow this link... You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
102:47 05/14/2022
068 Migratory Birds and the Salt Pans project in Taiwan with Scott Pursner
Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WorldMigratoryBirdDay.org) and this episode we talk to Scott Pursner from the Taiwan Wild Bird Federation about the birds that move thorough Taiwan, that reside in Taiwan and the reclaimation project to maintain some disused salt pans, that had become important habitat for some rare bird species. Scott talks about the variation of the habitats that are present on Taiwain, the co-operation of the different conservation groups, citizen science and the awareness of birds by the people of Taiwan.  Scott talks about the efforts to preserve disused salt pans that had become important habitat for shorebirds when the industry had ceased. Check out Taiwan Wild Bird Federation website here Follow TWBF on Twitter Maybe you prefer TWBF on Facebook or Perhaps on Instagram You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
101:37 05/14/2022
067 Bird Strike in Asia and the evolution of Pittas with David Tan
Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WorldMigratoryBirdDay.org), PhD candidate, David Tan, tells us about the stunning Pittas that needlessly fall victim to BirdStrike as the migrate thorough SIngapore, why SIngapore is a great birding spot, and his adventures in Arizona, a bird hotspot in the USA. Visit David's website - https://davidbirdtan.com/ Follow David on Twitter - @g33k5p34k You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
118:49 05/14/2022
066 Adelie Penguins with Javen Riaz
Photo courtesy - Marcus Salton What could be for fun than talking again about penguins, with somebody who has summed up their research project in a haiku? Well, in this episode, as part of the @PintOfScienceAU Takeover for 2022, you will meet Javed Riaz, who is a undertaking PhD studies on the foraging habits and prey of the Adelie Penguin, in the Australian Antarctic territory. Adélie penguins are indicators of the health of their ecosystem. By studying the foraging behaviour and habitat, Javed expects to further understand the movement behaviour and foraging strategies of Adélie penguins, and their relationship with oceanographic parameters and the regional prey-field. This is critical knowledge in order to highlight regional forage areas and predict likely impacts and responses under future krill harvesting and climate scenarios. Research project in a haiku: Adelie penguins Diving and foraging Among the sea ice Here is a link to a summary of Javed's research - https://mpredlab.org/team/javed-riaz Follow Javed on Twitter - https://twitter.com/JavedZRiaz Check out these other accounts on Twitter if you are interested in Antarctic research coming out of Australia; Australian Antarctic Division: @AusAntarctic IMAS: @IMASUTAS Marine Predator Lab: @mpred_lab You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
68:43 05/13/2022
065 New approaches to urban nest boxes with Kylie Soanes
Something we have returned to time and time again in The Bird Emergency is how we have removed the nesting opportunities for birds that require hollows, and the need for shelter by all sorts of wildlife. Thankfully, there are many people looking at other options, other than waiting 100 years or so for natural hollows to form. Dr. Kylie Soanes tells me about some of the options being explored in Melbourne, and some of the new materials being employed. Here's a link to a Pursuit article about Dan's fancy nest boxes that we were discussing; https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/new-design-tech-offers-hope-for-urban-wildlife   and the paper itself, which is open access https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13806   Follow Kylie on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/kyliesoanes   Kylie is a bit of a rockstar on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@drkyliesoanes   You can check out the work of Kylie's lab, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences , The University of Melbourne - www.lifeontheverge.com.au     You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
21:40 05/10/2022
A new course for birdwatching with Ricki Coughlan
Have you ever considered brushing up on your bird-watching skills in a more formal and structured way?  Are you just starting out and would like to get a headstart on the years it takes to get to know the best methods to identify any bird you see around you?  Do you have kids, or know someone who is just getting into the great pasttime of bird-watching, and you would like to encourage them to take the interest further? If you thought "YES" to any of those things, then you might be interested in a new course being run by Ricki Coughlan, ornithologist and very experienced bird-watching guide. Ricki told me about the reasons for the course, how it is structured, and how anyone will benefit from it.   Enrolment is open now! You can enrol in the course here. - https://aussiewild.com.au/bird-watching Follow Ricki on Twitter - @RickiCoughlan You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
90:19 05/05/2022
064 Brolgas and Wind Farms with Hamish Cumming
As we move from traditional power generation methods we may be introducing significant new threats into the landscape. For many years Hamish Cumming has been trying to protect the Brolgas of western Victoria against the proliferation of windfarms in the prime habitat of the southern population of the Brolga, one of Australia's two crane species, and the only endemic. Trying to increase the safe buffer zone distance between wind turbines and the feeding, roosting and breeding grounds of the Brolga has been a long term commitment by Hamish. You may be surprised how a government department charged with protecting vulnerable species can behave.  I hope you learn something about Brolgas, and gain some insight about the issues that transitioning to a new power-generating economy will raise.  Meet Hamish Cumming and the Brolgas of western Victoria. You can support the efforts to protect the Brolgas of western Victoria here - https://www.gofundme.com/f/Save-Southern-Brolgas-from-Extinction Follow Hamish on Twitter - https://twitter.com/hamishcumming You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
76:32 05/04/2022
063 The Tawaki Project with Ursula Ellenberg
World Penguin Day has ambushed me! Truth be know, I did not even know it existed!  Luckily when I saw some Twitter talk about it, I had an episode just about ready to go!  Please enjoy hearing Dr Ursula Ellenberg, from the Tawaki Project tell me about the marvellous penguin, the Tawaki, or as we know it in Australia, the Fiordland Penguin. Tawaki is one of the crested penguins, that are found in the sub-antarctic zone, and the vulnerable Tawaki is found in the southernmost parts of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. It seems very fitting that we release this episode on ANZAC Day, a very significant day in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, which is also the day we think about the penguins of the world. Here is the story of the origin of World Penguin Day.  https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-penguin-day/ Check out the Tawaki Project here - https://www.tawaki-project.org/ Support the project on Patreon if you can - https://www.patreon.com/TawakiProject Follow Ursula on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/ulnberg You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
84:40 04/25/2022
062 Urban Powerful Owls with Bronwyn Isaac
When I was a youngster, I used to imagine being able to venture into the dense schlerophyll eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia with the chance to see the majestic, slightly terrifying but aptly named Powerful Owl.  This bird is the largest of the Australian owls, and has adapted to living in the suburbs and cities, as agriculture, forestry, bushfires and urban sprawl alter or eliminate the preferred habitat of this possum hunter. Bronwyn Isaac has studied some of the Powerful Owls that have moved into the suburbs of Melbourne, and have become successfully established.  Hear about her work, and learn a lot about the Powerful Owl. Follow Bronwyn on Twitter - https://twitter.com/raptorecologist You can find Bronwyn here on LinkedIn Bronwyn also has cute pics of owls on her Facebook. You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
86:02 04/21/2022
Monday Megaphone - Birdlife Australia current projects Part 2
Birdlife Australia always has a range of projects underway to learn more about our endangered birds, and to design the important programs to try to ensure the survival of the most at-risk species in Australia. Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds program at Birdlife Australia talks to Grant about these projects. (There was too much for one episode - next one follows) Bird-friendly Gardens Orange-bellied Parrot surveys Act For Birds petitions Glossy Black-Cockatoos Gang-gang Cockatoos The Bird Emergency website - www.thebirdemergency.com Check out Birds In Backyards at Birdlife Australia You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
80:38 04/18/2022
Monday Megaphone Livestream with Holly Parsons - Birdlife Australia Current Projects March 2022 Part 1
Birdlife Australia always has a range of projects underway to learn more about our endangered birds, and to design the important programs to try to ensure the survival of the most at-risk species in Australia. Dr. Holly Parsons, Manager of the Urban Birds program at Birdlife Australia talks to Grant about these projects. (There was too much for one episode - next one follows) Wings on King (King Island Bird surveys) Bitterns - Soundscapes Shorebirds Powerful Owls Gang-gang Cockatoos Birds In Schools Birds In Backyards Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos surveys The Bird Emergency website - www.thebirdemergency.com Check out Birds In Backyards at Birdlife Australia You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
71:27 04/18/2022
061 The disappearing turtle doves of the UK with Charlotte O'Neill
You may have always been familiar with turtle doves the same way I was - a childhood song that also references pear trees and partridges....  It may surprise you to know that turtle doves are becoming scarce in the UK. I wanted to know more, so I spoke with Charlotte O'Neill, who is a student in Falmouth in the UK, a dab hand with a camera, and really interested in the wildlife around her...  including turtle doves. Hear about the demise, and some of the actions being undertaken to arrest it, and also what it is like in the Doc Martin part of the UK. Follow Charlotte on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Lotty_ONeill and https://linktr.ee/Lotty_ONeill You can watch many of the past conversations, and see the upsoming interviews live at thebirdemergency.com/live Subscribe to on The Bird Emergency on YouTube Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency  If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency And if you want to support what Grant is doing with the show, why not buy him a coffee? (It's currently a flat soy with no sweeteners.) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
46:39 04/15/2022